Gruner Veltliner Ried Brunnthal Erste Lagen – 2018

Region: Austria - Wagram


Established in the early 1960s, Weingut Leth has become a renowned winery in Fels am Wagram in just three generations. The Leth family are members of the Traditionsweinguter Osterreich (association of traditional wineries in Austria), and believe it is their obligation to express the characteristics of their region, their soils, their climate, their grape varieties and cellars in their wines. Franz Leth, Franz Jr. and the entire Leth family are committed to these ideals.

The Wagram region of Austria is home to Europe’s most extensive loess soil formations. The region formed when glacial winds blew fine particles of agglomerated clay, sand and lime – loess – onto the prehistoric bedrock of the ancient course of the Danube river. The layers are up to 20 meters deep, and enable vine roots to delve deeply and absorb water and nutrients from the mineral-rich subsoils. Combined with the benevolent climate and wide temperature variation from day to night, perfect conditions combine to create unique terroir wines.


94 Points

So much floral intensity in play, with everything from honeysuckle, jasmine, orchids, green pears and Granny Smith apples thrown in. Lithe texture, punctuated by steely rods of acidity. Flavors of lemons and stone fruit intermingle in a silky finish. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, December, 2019
91+ Points

The 2018 Grüner Veltliner Ried Brunnthal 1ÖTW is deep, ripe and mineral on the nose. The palate is round and intense, elegant and intensely fruity but with a mineral bass line that leads to a long and intense, well-structured finish. Tasted at Schloss Grafenegg in September 2019. Drink 2019 – 2035

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